When the weather warms, we all want to go outside and enjoy our outdoor spaces. If your garden is more weeds than flowers or you feel cursed with a black thumb, hope is not lost.
This is gardening and we are dealing with everything you need to know about planting, watering, tending your lawn and growing your own food. It does not matter if you have two or two meters of balcony area, you can create a lush garden.
What should you grow?
Before you look for succulents or lemons in the garden shop, you should check out your hardiness zone. These zones tell you which types of plants will survive in your garden throughout the year, depending on the average minimum winter temperature in your area. It should be your first step in deciding what types of plants you should buy, especially if you order them online.
Water Less, Water Smarter
Your lawn and garden needs water to stay healthy, but you may water more often than you need. CNET Alina Bradford explains that you should "deep" once a week. This means if you turn on the sprinklers every week, you should make sure your garden gets a few inches of water.
Learn everything else you can do to water your garden more efficiently, save water and money.
Keep your lawn and garden healthy
A lush green lawn is a cornerstone of the garden, but it's not easy to stay green. Proper mowing can go a long way. In summer, make sure your turf is about 4 inches high. The extra height helps your grass to store more moisture in the scorching sun.
If your lawnmower has a few years, it's time for maintenance. Brian Bennett shows you how to adjust your lawn mower by changing the oil, sharpening the blades and much more. Sharp blades are important for getting a clean cut so your grass stays healthy so it will not die in the hot summer months.
For a cheap and easy way to make your flowers and plants look good, look at coffee reasons. What is normally thrown out can be used anywhere in your yard to keep out pests, improve your soil and strengthen your compost heap. Read Taylor Martin's guide to five ways to use coffee in the garden.
How to grow vegetables in an apartment
No backyard? That should not stop you from creating a garden. Many plants are grown in a pot as part of a container garden. If you have an outdoor balcony, you can grow tomatoes, green beans, and other plants that need more space and plenty of sunlight.
If you have only a few potted plants in it, you can still successfully grow herbs, carrots, lettuce and other vegetables. You will not get as impressive yields as outdoors, but you still have fresh vegetables on hand.
Another great option is to use a Wi-Fi enabled gardening system. They take up all the guesswork by automatically giving your plants the right amount of light and water. These systems are compact, so they fit easily on a kitchen table or side table.
Check out CNET's Guide to Smart Living all week for more tips on gardening.